- Manufacturers, operator and Federal Railway Authority agree on reworking concept
- Deutsche Bahn to begin immediately with acceptance and placing in service
- Reworking will be carried out during ongoing operation as part of the warranty of Bombardier Transportation
Deutsche Bahn will resume acceptance of further ICE 4 trains with immediate effect. Siemens Mobility and Bombardier Transportation have reached an agreement with Deutsche Bahn (DB) and the Federal Railway Authority (EBA) on a reworking and testing concept for welds that were occasionally not executed in the specified quality on ICE 4 body shells. Since these deviations do not preclude safe operation, the affected cars can be used in passenger service. As a result of this agreement, five ICE 4 trains will be accepted by DB in the coming days and enter service. At that point, the customer will have 30 ICE 4 trains available. Subsequently, DB will continue receiving ICE 4 trains as planned and immediately place them in service.
The ICE 4 will be the backbone of the Deutsche Bahn's future long-distance network. In May 2011, the German national railway company concluded a framework agreement with Siemens Mobility for up to 300 trainsets. At this time the largest train contract that Siemens has ever won in its nearly 170 years of corporate history.
The ICE 4 sets new standards in intercity traffic. A unique train concept has been developed, that means it can be individually adapted to the requirements of various transport tasks. The modular drive concept is based on independent Powercars with identical traction technology, resulting in more flexibility than ever before. High operational availability is guaranteed by a large number of reliable systems with high redundancy.
All in all, DB will be receiving 1,511 cars with which it can configure 50 12-car, 50 13-car and 37 7-car trainsets. DB will keep two end cars in reserve. The 12-car and 13-car trainsets will be operated in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The shorter 7-car trains are planned for use in Germany and Austria.
Smartphone users as well as industrial companies are looking forward to the advent of the new 5G wireless mobile standard, thanks to which companies will be able to connect their machines and thus make their production plants and intralogistics operations more efficient, more autonomous, and more flexible than ever before.
Industrie 4.0, the smart factory, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – these are the future of industrial manufacturing. Designing production plants and intralogistics to be more flexible, autonomous, and efficient requires the right communication framework and comprehensive connectivity. The new 5G communication standard opens up important new prospects. It will initially have a data speed of between one and 5 gigabits per second, subsequently increasing to 20 gigabits per second – a quantum leap that will make it between 10 and 20 times faster than the system’s predecessor, LTE.
campus for attracting high-tech companies
research laboratory with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
to total around €30 million, roughly 100 new jobs
Free State of Saxony and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed a memorandum of
understanding today in Görlitz, Germany, to strengthen this location over the
long term and support the structural transformation of Germany’s Lusatia region.
Plans call for establishing an innovation campus and a startup accelerator on the
site of Siemens’ plant in Görlitz. The aim is to encourage other technology and
industrial companies as well as startups and research institutes to establish
operations in this region. The focus of activity will be on digitalization,
automation, energy technology and innovative material and production
Maico Pressen (Maico) is a
specialist in the field of thermal injection molding and a leader in the
plastics industry with its plants. In order to shorten the machine development
process in future and to simplify the actual commissioning of the plants, Maico
relies on components from the Siemens digitalization portfolio. Maico benefits
from a solution with unlimited compatibility, increased system availability,
and a compact, modular design. By using Siemens technology and the digital twin
that it creates, Maico reduces costs significantly during machine development
and saves valuable time through the option of virtual commissioning.
Siemens is offering a new firmware (FW) version 3.1 for the Simatic RTU3000C (Remote Terminal Unit, RTU). This includes extended connection options for Hart sensors, for example for flow or level measurement. The Extension Board Hart/RS485 supports both Modbus RTU and – with FW V3.1 – Hart multidrop protocol. The convenient and secure remote access to Hart or Modbus RTU devices on the extension board Hart/RS485 is provided via Simatic PDM for remote maintenance. The connection of the RTU3000C to a redundant DNP3 master increases availability. "Hart" stands for Highway Addressable Remote Transducer, a standardized communication system for industrial fieldbuses.
gas turbines, steam turbine, generators, and main transformers
- Power Diagnostics Services for optimized performance
- Power supply for more than three million Iraqis
Siemens has received an order to supply the key components and long-term power generation services for the 840-megawatt (MW) Maisan combined cycle power plant in Iraq. CITIC Construction Co., Ltd., the Chinese engineering procurement and construction firm building the plant, and Iraqi developer MPC, part of Raban Al-Safina for Energy Projects (RASEP) awarded the contract valued at more than EUR 280 million to Siemens. The independent power project is expected to deliver first power by March 2021 and enter full combined cycle mode by early 2022. The plant will supply sufficient electricity to meet the needs of more than three million Iraqis, while also supporting the industrial sector.
Siemens will provide MODEC with three 34-megawatt (MW) SGT-A35 gas turbine power generation packages that will power MODEC's floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) vessel. The vessel, referred to as the "Eni Mexico Area 1 FPSO," will be deployed in the Offshore Area 1 approximately 6 miles (10 kilometers) off the coast of Mexico at a water depth of approximately 105 feet (32 meters). The field is owned by a consortium of two companies including Eni Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V. ("Eni Mexico") as operator and Qatar Petroleum.
Wayra Networks S.L. (Wayra) is an IT systems integrator and develops individual IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for industrial clients in the field of hardware and software automation. As part of a current project, Wayra was contracted to install a monitoring system for more than 15 oil tanks. The aim was to optimize inventory control and to digitalize the previous manual tank level monitoring. Wayra uses an open, freely programmable Siemens IoT hardware platform as the solution for this and many other projects. This allows the client to easily call up stock levels using a robust, open system which is CE and UL certified, has an extended temperature range, and is easy to install. In addition to this, the company benefits from a convenient industrial gateway.
Zipline International Inc. designs and builds autonomous flying drones that transport medical supplies in hard-to-reach regions. The company uses design solutions from Siemens PLM Software. This enables the easy and cost-effective manufacture of the drones, which can travel at around 100 kilometers per hour, and brings together the individual disciplines involved in the process, such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and aero engineering. Simulations enable virtual test flights, making it easy to identify and remove faults and to optimize the drones.In many countries around the world, for example Tanzania or Rwanda in Africa, the supply of medical products is a major challenge – particularly in an emergency. Areas are often remote and hard to reach. Above all, a lack of blood supplies frequently leads to fatalities. In 2016, CEO of Zipline Keller Rinaudo and his team developed a new delivery system for medical supplies. "Our first-generation aircraft and logistics system allowed us to create the first drone-only delivery service in the world", says Rinaudo. "And it is helping to save lives in Rwanda every day." Since the first drone took off, Zipline has completed over 7,000 flights and delivered 13,000 units of blood. This success is due in no small part to the careful design of the drones, where Zipline relies on NX software from Siemens PLM Software.